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  • Vacation Dreaming - Patagonia

    Seriously, if it wasn't already, Argentina (specifically the Patagonia area) is probably now in my top 2 or 3 places to visit next......... with a big part of that just being for the food.

    Friends of ours just got back from a 2 plus week journey to a couple lodges down there (bit of hunting, bit of fishing, lots of horse back riding and touring the countryside and vineyards).

    They are not primal folks, but I drilled them with food questions from their trip. Lets just say LOTS of red wine and grilled meats were on the menu. All exclusively grass fed meat, mostly beef. The Argentinians scoffed at the act of fattening up the animals on grain....the chef of one lodge stated their fat was on the OUTSIDE of the meat, where it belongs, not throughout. Their most common cooking method was just to season with sea salt, grill, serve. They usually had some sauces for the meat, but the cooks preferred in general to let the flavor of the meat itself be the focus. Sides were usually just salads or whatever local veggies available, and potatoes.

    Le sigh.

    Butter was not overly common....you could get it if you asked, but it was not served automatically. They served toast in the morning with Dulce de leche rather then butter and jam.

    We opted to remodel the bathroom this year rather then a big trip....so my South American food fest will have to wait a bit. But I will keep dreaming!
    Erin
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    That reminded of an episode of No Reservations where Tony went to Argentina and it just looked like a feast of meats and wines. Would be an amazing trip to take and hopefully I will be able to in a few years. Good luck on remodeling the bathroom and going to your South American food fest in a few years!
    Georgette

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    • #3
      You should check out the documentary 180 degrees south. It is some serious Patagonia porn and a great doc. It is currently on Netflix instant watch.
      For lots of tasty recipes, check out my blog -http://lifeasadreger.wordpress.com/

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      • #4
        i've spent some time in argentina - not patagonia, it was just a little village (work assignment) in the mountains.

        it's beef central! You don't think you could get tired of steaks and red wine but you can. You really can. After 6 months there, when i got back to the states, i don't think i ate steak for QUITE A WHILE!

        everything tasted like beef. Even the chicken tasted like beef. I think they coated the chicken in "beef juice". I found packets of stuff called "beef juice" in the store. That's when i theorized that they used that stuff in everything. The potatoes tasted like beef.

        It's not bad, but i think i was hallucinating for mac n cheese at one point.

        the wine from mendoza is awesome.

        the argentines do have a wicked sweet tooth too. I hate dulce de leche so that never captivated me. They also drink mate tea all damn day. I noticed a lot of people had a weird stain on their front teeth. It was from sucking thru their metal straws on sugary sugary sugary mate. I drank it too, but not with sugar. Mate tasted sort of like hay to me, so sugar didn't really help it taste a lot better.

        I'd like to see patagonia too. So far away.

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        • #5
          iirc, butter is called "manteca" in argentina but i believe that means "lard" in tex mex.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by supersellen View Post
            You should check out the documentary 180 degrees south. It is some serious Patagonia porn and a great doc. It is currently on Netflix instant watch.
            Totally a great documentary....saw it about a month ago. Highly recommend for anyone. I think what floored me was how sort of 'laid' back the old climbers were in the show, who I later looked up to be the folks that started Patagonia and North Face I believe it was....one out of the back of their VW van or something in the 60's. It was pretty dang cool.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Catherine View Post
              They also drink mate tea all damn day. I noticed a lot of people had a weird stain on their front teeth. It was from sucking thru their metal straws on sugary sugary sugary mate. I drank it too, but not with sugar. Mate tasted sort of like hay to me, so sugar didn't really help it taste a lot better.
              I love mate. I started drinking it like 5 or 6 years ago when I found out I could not drink regular caffeine.....started with just the tea bag stuff, ended up going traditional. Love it. BUT, I rarely drink any sweet drinks, so I have no desire for sweetened or flavored mate. Just give me the plain old 'hay' and I am a happy camper .
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